A fistful of statistical nuggets from the Mavericks’ Game 1 escape Saturday night against Portland, with assists from the Elias Sports Bureau and ESPN Stats & Info:
*With six triples in Dallas’ 89-81 triumph, Jason Kidd became the oldest guard in league history to drain at least five 3-pointers in a playoff game … by two days. At 38 years and 24 days old, Kidd nudged aside Eddie Johnson, who was 38 years and 22 days old when he got that hot for Houston in the 1997 playoffs. Next on the list: San Antonio’s Bruce Bowen (36 days and 324 days old in 2008) and Indiana’s Reggie Miller (36 years and 251 days old in 2002).
*The only other Mavs to make six 3s in a playoff game are Jason Terry (against Houston on April 30, 2005) and Nick Van Exel (against Sacramento on May 10, 2003). Kidd hadn’t scored 24 points in a playoff since May 2005 with New Jersey.
*With 28 points and 10 rebounds, Dirk Nowitzki recorded his 42nd career 25-and-10 game in the playoffs, good for third all-time among active players behind Boston’s Shaquille O’Neal (62) and Tim Duncan (54).
*Dirk’s 13-for-13 shooting at the free-throw line tied Michael Jordan’s playoff record for free throws made in a single quarter. Jordan sank 13 free throws in a 105-97 win over Detroit during Chicago’s first title run in 1991.
*Each of Dallas’ five meetings with Portland this season, including their 2-2 split during the regular season, has been decided by eight points or less.